The minister came up that day asking everyone; “Are you mad?” From utter surprise to disappointment, to fury, everyone watched as he clarified what he meant by that statement. It ended up that he was not asking us if we had lost our minds but if we are making a difference. That was how and where I got the word MAD as an acronym for Making A Difference!

Friend, are you mad? Sorry, I’m not abusing you, I’m only asking the same question that preacher asked us that day that changed my life forever; are you making a difference? God has not created you ordinary, so you must never live an ordinary life (Psalms 139:14). There is something unique about you; there is an expectation of heaven over your life and destiny.

“And of some have compassion, making a difference” (Jude 1:22). One of the keys to making a difference is compassion. Compassion is simply “compound passion”. When you have compassion your life becomes contagious and you begin to make a difference in your world. Like Jesus, we must be driven with a vision, burning with a passion and moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36, John 4:34, 9:4).

God would always give you platforms to make a difference, only that you may not recognize them as such. Life does not owe you anything other than an opportunity to make a difference. The same opportunity that some people waste, others took advantage of it and made a difference in their world. You need to redeem the time to make a difference (Ephesians 5:16).

Out of the seven deacons that were chosen in Acts 6, Philip and Stephen stood out. While others only ended up as deacons and even as heretic, Philip and Stephen ended up as Evangelist and Apostle respectively (Acts 6:8, 21:8). It does not matter what life gives or does not give you, you can always turn it around. You can always make your way prosperous and have good success. You can make a difference (Joshua 1:8).

“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God..” (Acts 13:36). If your absence is not felt in your sphere of operations, then your presence was immaterial. God has expectations over your life in that office, family, Church, campus etc. Rather than being carried away with frivolities, be driven by God’s overriding purpose for your life and you would definitely make a difference (Daniel 1:8, Esther 4:14, Matthew 5:13-16).

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria